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Tribe makes roster moves

By Sheldon Published: October 30, 2009

The Indians made three adjustments to their 40-man roster Friday, trimming it to 33 players. [ep
Left--handed reliever Mike Gosling, left-handed starter Scott Lewis and infielder Niuman Romero were outrighted to Triple-A. Lewis began the season in the Tribe's rotation but spent much of the saason on the disabled list. Gosling and Romero both spent part of the season with the Indians. [ep
Because Jake Westbrook and Anthony Reyes are on the 60-day disabled list, they do not count against the 30-man roster. [ep

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Talking Tribe with Sheldon Ocker

By Sheldon Published: October 28, 2009

Acta's officially in the fold, now on to finding coaching staff

By sstorm Published: October 26, 2009

Late Tuesday towards the end during his second interview in Cleveland, Manny Acta was asked what he would do if both the Houston Astros and the Indians were to offer him a job.

For as impressed as the 40-year-old managerial candidate was with the people he'd met so far in Cleveland, it was the Astros who'd signed him as an undrafted free agent in 1986 out of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. And it was Houston for whom he later broke in with as a young coach when he faced the fact that managing was his ticket to the major leagues.

A bit surprised by the question, Acta said he was humbled by the mere mention of the idea but insisted he simply couldn't fathom it.

Just four days later, that exact scenario became reality when the Astros first offered Acta their managerial job Saturday, only to be outbid by the Tribe later in the day.

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Watch the Manny Acta news conference live at 4 p.m.

By Dan Published: October 26, 2009 is offering live streaming coverage of Manny Acta's introductory news conference. Click here to launch the player (note: may not work in all Web browsers).

Read the story on Acta's hiring.

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Indians tab Acta as manager

By sstorm Published: October 25, 2009

Manny Acta spent a majority of the second half of the baseball season paying close attention to the television, watching and then re-watching games by teams he had a hunch would soon be looking for a new manager.

To say that Acta saw his share of Indians losses is an understatement.

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Valentine interviews in Cleveland Thursday

By sstorm Published: October 22, 2009

Listen to the press conference

Bobby Valentine has been in baseball over 42 years. He's managed in major league baseball for the Texas Rangers and New York Mets. Most recently, however, Valentine also spent six years managing in Japan for the Chiba Lotte Marines, an experience he called "a magic carpet ride."

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A thought on Mattingly

By jcfortun Published: October 20, 2009

Pure speculation on my part, but it wouldn't surprise me if Don Mattingly was going through the interview process to keep his name, value and interest at a premium. Therefore when a job opens he really likes he has more leverage.

Mattingly, who interviewed for the vacant New York Yankee managerial position before it was award to Joe Girardi, followed Joe Torre to Los Angeles.

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Shapiro updates progress of filling Indians vacant managerial spot

By sstorm Published: October 20, 2009

Indians general manager Mark Shapiro met briefly with the media late Tuesday afternoon to give an update on where the team is in the process of hiring a new manager. Among a few other things, Shapiro touched on candiates Manny Acta, Bobby Valentine, Mike Hargrove and Travis Fryman.

In short, Shapiro shareed the following:

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Mattingly in running for Tribe manager spot

By jcfortun Published: October 20, 2009

Go ahead and add "Donnie Baseball"  to the list of managerial candidates for the Cleveland Indians.

Yankee legend, and current Dodgers batting coach Don Mattingly has confirmed that he spoke with the Cleveland Indians and will do so again after the Dodgers' season comes to an end, according to Ed Price at AOL Fanhouse.

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Acta spends long day interviewing with Tribe Tuesday

By sstorm Published: October 20, 2009

For eight hours on Tuesday Tribe managerial candidate Manny Acta meet with key members of the Indians front office and then took questions from the media before dashing off to the airport to make a 4:15 p.m. flight home.

It was a day full of thought-provoking questions in addition to a thourough background check as the two sides discussed a range of subjects from Acta's background having grown up in the Domincan Republic to his thoughts on who'd he'd like to bring in to join his coaching staff if hired.

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Acta gets second interview

By jcfortun Published: October 19, 2009

This came across the wire today:

CLEVELAND (AP)   Former Washington manager Manny Acta is getting a second interview with the Cleveland Indians.

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Indians interview Acta

By jcfortun Published: October 15, 2009

The Associated Press is reporting the Cleveland Indians conducted a phone interview with former Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta for its vacant managerial position.

Acta, who was fired by the Nationals in July, was 158-252 in his three seasons in Washington. It is the only Major League managerial experience he has. Here is a year-by-year breakdown that is featured on

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A complete list of Indians participating in Winter and Fall leagues

By jcfortun Published: October 15, 2009

Many members of the Cleveland Indians organization will be looking to enhance their skills by playing winter and fall league baseball. Here is a complete chart, passed on by by Indians Public relations manager Bart Swain, listing every member of the organization participating in the different leagues. Although I listed the members of the Arizona Fall League the other day they are still included in the chart.

Hector Rondon, Andy Marte, Niuman Romero and Luis Valbuena are all members of the Indian's 40-man roster.

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Indians after Japan's Kikuchi

By jcfortun Published: October 14, 2009

Indians 2010 financial commitments

By jcfortun Published: October 14, 2009 put together this off-season outlook for the Cleveland Indians about a month ago, so this will be old news to some of you. Anyways, here is the Indian's financial obligations for 2010, which I copied and pasted from their outlook. (They have a bit more information on the actual site if you want to follow this link, which I highly recommend.  MLBTradeRumors is an amazing site.)

C - Kelly Shoppach - $1.95MM+
C - Lou Marson - $400K
1B - Matt LaPorta - $400K
2B - Luis Valbuena - $400K
SS - Asdrubal Cabrera - $417K
3B - Jhonny Peralta - $4.6MM
1B/3B - Andy Marte - $400K
IF - Jason Donald - $400K
LF - Michael Brantley - $400K
CF - Grady Sizemore - $5.6MM
RF - Shin-Soo Choo - $420K
OF - Trevor Crowe - $400K
DH - Travis Hafner - $11.5MM

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LaPorta to miss 4-6 months

By jcfortun Published: October 14, 2009

Cleveland Indians outfielder/first baseman Matt LaPorta underwent surgical procedures to repair his left hip and left big toe yesterday in Vail, Colorado. The procedures will force LaPorta to miss 4-6 months.

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Eight Indians prospects playing in Arizona Fall League

By jcfortun Published: October 14, 2009

The Arizona Fall League got underway yesterday and a slew of Indians prospects are taking part. Outfielders Nick Weglarz and Matt McBride; shortstop Carlos Rivero and second baseman Josh Rodriguez; and pitchers Zach Putnam, Carlton Smith, Connor Graham and Josh Judy will all be suiting up for Peoria Saguaros.

For those in the Akron area, the names should be pretty familiar, they all played for the Double A Aeros last year.

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An indepth look at how the Martinez trade went down

By jcfortun Published: October 10, 2009

The trade of Victor Martinez obviously didn't happen over night. It took a lot of patience by the Boston Red Sox and it was nearly a package deal for Cliff Lee as well.

Rob Bradford of WEEI put together an indepth look of how the Red Sox acquired Martinez. It is definitely worth a read.

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Prospects make all-league list

By jcfortun Published: October 9, 2009

Indians public Relations guru Bart Swain just passed along Baseball America's top 20 prospect list for the Carolina League and South Atlantic League, a few Indian farm hands made the list:


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Can Hafner return to past glories?

By Sheldon Published: October 4, 2009

BOSTON: The Indians' lineup hasn't been nearly as robust since Travis Hafner was regularly hammering pitches into the seats in 2006.

That was the year Hafner hit 42 home runs, amassed 117 RBI and batted .308. Then came the mysterious on and off slump of 2007 (.266, 24 HR, 100 RBI), followed by the injury-filled season of 2008, ending in October surgery to repair a shoulder injury.

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Can Tribe assemble viable rotation?

By Sheldon Published: October 3, 2009

BOSTON: If no new candidates are added to the Indians' group of starters, will the team be able to field a representative rotation? Manager Eric Wedge thinks so.

""I think there are enough guys here to potentially do that,'' he said

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Who will be in Columbus next year?

By jcfortun Published: October 3, 2009

Where will the Indians top minor leaguers end up playing next year? It is probably too early to say for sure, but Jim Massie of the Columbus Dispatch still had some fun speculating who may be in Columbus. Check it out here.

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Martinez: I wanted to stay

By Sheldon Published: October 2, 2009

BOSTON: Victor Martinez didn't get his wish, but maybe a he got something better: a trip to the playoffs and a chance to win the World Series.

If the Indians hadn't traded him to the Red Sox July 31, his season would be ending on Sunday rather than continuing with the Division Series against the Angels next week.

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Wedge has no time to ponder future

By Sheldon Published: October 1, 2009

BOSTON: It's not often that a man is dismissed from his job and keeps right on working at the same assignment.

But that is the position Eric Wedge finds himself after being fired on Wednesday -- he was told several days earlier -- with five days left in the Indians' season. So it was just another road trip to Fenway Park to play the Red Sox Thursday night, even though it is like no other trip in Wedge's seven years as the Tribe's skipper.

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